Halfway through the NRA Long Range Rifle Championships
Port Clinton, Ohio - The canon was fired at 8:30 this morning to begin day three of NRA's Long Range Rifle Championships. Over the past few days, we have witnessed some of the top long range competitors fire from around the world. Camp Perry legends such as Nancy Tompkins, her daughter Michelle Gallagher, David Tubb and John Whidden are back for another year, making the competition that much harder.
Civilians and service personale from the Marines, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and Army battle head-to-head to claim any win he or she can. The United States Army Marksmanship Unit is back stronger than ever with new team members making their mark. The USAMU is striving to win team matches and set new National Championship records after breaking team records at the Interservice Championships in Quanitco, Virginia in July.
This year, competitors are also competing with well-respected foreign shooters from Canada, Great Britain, Japan and Australia. At this point, the Great Britain team is putting up a tough fight after winning Palma matches these first few days. The general theme from the foreign competitors seems to be that they have waited for the opportunity to compete at Camp Perry for a long time and are enjoying every moment so far. This type of competition is a great experience for everyone because they are given the opportunity to compete against great shooters they may never see again.
Overall, the first few days of NRA's Long Range National Championships have been a great experience for everyone. Although the weather has its days and some competitors may not be shooting perfect scores, competitors, volunteers and NRA staff can truly say this experience is one to remember.